Main shrine, Chintalarayasvami Temple [Venkataramana Temple], Tadpatri, Anantapur District
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the main shrine of the Venkataramana Temple at Tadpatri, Anantapur District in Andhra Pradesh, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collection: Madras, 1896-98. This complex was built during the Vijayanagara period in the mid-16th century. It is entered through a tall gopura in the middle of the east side of a rectangular colonnade. The main shrine, dedicated to Vishnu, is preceded by a closed mandapa with two porches. The outer walls are decorated with sculptures representing Krishna and other divinities from the Ramayana legends, set between pilasters. The pyramidal tower over the sanctuary consists of many storeys, with later plaster sculptures, crowned by an hemispherical roof .